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MANILA, Philippines - Port congestion will be gone in two weeks’ time, Malacañang said yesterday even as it appealed to motorists to brace for heavy traffic in some areas in Metro Manila as truckers with clearance from port authorities will be given five days to pull out their containers from the Port of Manila starting Sept. 8.
Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said truck lanes are open around the clock to decongest Manila’s ports.
He said the government appealed to businessmen and truckers not to use the port as warehouse to avoid congestion.
Truckers whose containers had been in port for 30 to 90 days would be shipped out to Subic or Batangas.
Effective Oct. 1, all cargo cleared by port authorities that are not pulled out within the prescribed five-day period will be fined P5,000 per day, Almendras said.
He said 24-hour last mile truck routes will be implemented for a two-week period as another way to decongest the Port of Manila.
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This is an incentive for truckers who operate on Sundays. Truck routes have been set up along Roxas Boulevard and Quirino Avenue going south and A. Bonifacio C-3 to the north.
“For the next two weeks, starting Monday, trucks will be exempted from the truck ban and will be allowed to use the 24-hour express truck lanes,” Almendras said.
There are 16,000 containers that need to be moved out and about 12,000 trucks in the Port of Manila alone.
Read More: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/09/04/1365194/port-congestion-gone-two-weeks-palace
Due to current congestion in Manila ports, Filipinos abroad planning to send gifts to their loved ones in the Philippines in time for Christmas should do so early.
A report on “24 Oras” on Tuesday said deliveries of balikbayan boxes increase by 40 percent during the holiday season, which could worsen the congestion and result in delayed deliveries.
To avoid this, forwarding companies have advised overseas Filipinos to send their packages ahead of time, the report said.
In the report, an OFW from Hong Kong named Fely said she sent some clothes and foodstuff to her relatives in Taguig in July, but the parcel came in September.
Luzviminda Bañas, VP for operations of a shipping company, blamed this on port congestion, the report said.
“Still yung port congestion,” Bañas said. “Meron lang slight improvement.”
Among these improvements are the 24-hour trade lanes in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, and the transfer of empty container vans from the Manila Port to different areas.
Yet companies are still struggling to clear their warehouses in time for the holidays, and in time for the Sept. 8 deadline imposed by the PPA.
Importers and brokers are compelled to move their customs-cleared container vans out of port on or before the deadline or the vans will be transferred to Batangas or Subic.
A three-hectare vacant lot in Kawit, Cavite, has also been opened to serve as depot of container vans, the report said. It now houses 2,000 empty container vans.
Read More: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/377467/pinoyabroad/news/ofws-take-note-port-congestion-may-result-in-delayed-deliveries-of-holiday-balikbayan-boxes